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KLS NFL Mock Draft Part 3 Picks 21-32

In Football Stuff on May 2, 2014 at 1:33 am

Draft Day 3

We have reached the third portion of the 1st Round of the draft. This is about the time some of the guys who were supposed to go in the top 10 will get close ups from ESPN asking them how they are feeling. These are also the teams who for the most did okay last season and want to make that jump to the Superbowl or in the Seahawks case march to the repeat.

21. Green Bay Packers – CJ Mosely (Alabama) LB
One of the leaders of Alabama’s tough defense, Mosely will be a nice get this late in the draft. An athletic guy who can make plays will go right alongside Clay Matthews. With the free agent acquisition of Julius Peppers and already having BJ Raji in the fold the Packers defense will be pretty tough to deal with in the front 7.
Other Possibilities: Ryan Shazier LB, Jimmie Ward S

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Marqise Lee (USC) WR

Marqise Lee USC

Pac 12 coaches love drafting players they couldn’t stop in college. Marqise Lee fits that bill to come to Chip Kelly’s Eagles. With the recently departed DeSean Jackson there is room a playmaker on the outside. With the high speed offensive that returns Jeremy Macklin, Riley Cooper and LeSean McCoy would only be bolstered with the addition of Lee.
Other Possibilities: Brandon Cooks WR, Cody Latimer WR

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Xavier Su’a-Filo (UCLA) OG
Chiefs coach Andy Reid will be looking for ways to improve on last year. One thing he will do is make sure that he solidifies his offensive line. Su’a-Filo fits the bill as a day 1 NFL starter at guard. They have a spot open spot at right guard and could also use an upgrade at the left guard spot.
Other Possibilities: Brandon Cooks WR

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Shazier (Ohio State) LB
We know Marvin Lewis loves linebackers and is looking to bolster an already strong defense. The Bengals will not even have to leave the state because Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier will be there for them. The hard hitting linebacker will be a nice fit for the Bengals.
Other Possibilities: Jason Verrett CB

25. San Diego Chargers – Louis Nix (Notre Dame) DT

Louis Nix ND

Nix is a large frame 340 pound defensive tackle, who will clog up the middle in the Chargers 3-4 scheme. The Chargers are looking to make a move in a division that two playoff teams above them. Dix will be a solid disruptive option.
Other Possibilities: Bradley Roby CB, Kelvin Benjamin WR

26. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Roby (Ohio State) CB
With 4.39 speeds in the 40, Roby provides elite speed that makes him ready to jump right in the NFL. The Browns already have one star corner in Joe Haden, so the pick here would give the Browns a dynamic duo.
Other Possibilities: Derek Carr QB

27. New Orleans Saints – Dee Ford (Auburn) DE
The Saints are in a division with some pretty good quarterbacks. Dee Ford is an athletic end that will provide pressure for Rob Ryan’s defense. His versatility maybe he will switch to outside linebacker in Ryan’s scheme.
Other Possibilities: Kony Ealy DE

28. Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) WR

Jordan Matthews Vandy

Cam Newton needs a new number 1 target now that Steve Smith is on to Baltimore. Jordan Matthews can be that top receiver for the future. At 6’3 he has nice NFL size and will be a nice visible target. He has had over 1300 yards receiving in his last 2 years and Vanderbilt and did not shrink against top tier SEC competition.
Other Possibilities: Kelvin Benjamin WR

29. New England Patriots – Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota) DT
Hageman seems like he will fit in a three technique lineman in the Patriots scheme. With Vince Wilfork getting older and coming off a major injury Hageman will move right into the rotation and maybe the heir apparent in New England.
Other Possibilities: Jason Verrett CB, Cody Latimer WR

30. San Francisco 49ers – Kony Ealy (Missouri) DE
Not only the 49ers love standout defensive players but a need may have presented itself. With Aldon Smith in and out of trouble they will need a solid answer for pass rush. Also at 30th pick Ealy is too good to pass up.
Other Possibilities: Stephon Tuitt DT, Cody Latimer WR

31. Denver Broncos – Joel Bitonio (Nevada) OG
This season it’s time to do one thing in Denver and that’s win the Superbowl. Elway opened up the bank in free agency adding DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. Now he has to make sure that Peyton Manning stays upright and there are some holes for those running backs. Clady should be healthy at tackle so they will need a guard. Joel Bitonio looks like he can start in this league and the Broncos hope he can be a piece to the championship puzzle.
Other Possbiliites: Teddy Bridgewater QB, Kelvin Benjamin WR

32. Seattle Seahawks – Cody Latimer (Wisconsin) WR
The Superbowl champs are reloading this offseason. Already resigning pass rusher Michael Bennett and most of their team intact for this season they are playing with house money. Losing Golden Tate the Seahawks will look at Cody Latimer from Wisconsin. At 6’3 he would make a nice target on the outside along with Sidney Rice to put pressure on opposing defenses.
Other Possibilities: Kelvin Benjamin WR, Jace Amaro TE

Written By
Keith B. Holt
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KLS Mock Draft Continues with Picks 11-20

In Football Stuff on April 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

NFL draft 2014 part 2

The Kind of Like Sports Mock draft continues with first round picks 11-20. As you may notice my mock does not include any trades. It is just me assessing team needs and players that I think would be good fits. Anticipating the trades would drive me crazy and 9 times out of 10 I would be dead wrong anyway.

11. Tennessee Titans – Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State) CB

Darqueze Dennard

The Titans maybe thinking quarterback but they more than likely are going to stick with Jake Locker for another year. Picking at this point they will be looking for a day one starter. Enter Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard who is probably the top corner in the draft. Good at man to man coverage guy who is physical would be a good fit for Tennessee.
Other Possibilities: Justin Gilbert CB, Teddy Bridgewater QB

12. New York Giants – Taylor Lewan (Michigan) OT

Taylor Lewan

The New York Giants need a solid left tackle to protect Eli Manning and somebody to help reignite that power running game. Michigan’s Taylor Lewan could fit that mold. He may not be available this late in the first round but hopefully for the Giants the ball bounces their way.
Other Possibilites: Aaron Donald DT, Anthony Barr LB\DE

13. St Louis Rams – Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma St) CB
After adding some strength to the offensive line the Rams will look at their defense. The front line is one of the best in the league with Robert Quinn and Kris Long. St Louis will look at the back end of their defense and take corner Justin Gilbert. He is a speedy guy who can also help in the return game.
Other Possibilities: Calvin Pryor S, Aaron Donald DT

14. Chicago Bears – Calvin Pryor (Louisville) S
The Bears like to win with defense. They are pretty solid on the offensive side of the ball with two tall standout receivers and they have locked up their quarterback in Cutler. Calvin Pryor will give them so toughness on the backend of that defense. Known for his hard hitting Pryor will be a nice fit in Chicago.
Other Possibilities: CJ Mosely LB, Aaron Donald DT

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Anthony Barr (UCLA) LB

Anthony Barr

No other mock draft will have Barr going this low in the first round. I think that the football Gods will shine on Pittsburgh and give them the kind of pass rushing linebacker that fits their mold. Even though they picked up Jarvis Jones last year they still need to get younger on that defense. James Harrison and Lamar Woodley are both gone so Barr would be nice to help fit into that gap.
Other Possbilities: Aaron Donald DT, Bradley Roby CB

16. Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh) DT
The Cowboys will be picking up a steal with defensive tackle Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh. He will be a disruptive force on a line that lost DeMarcus Ware. He is an athletic guy who could start right away and go alongside Henry Melton.
Other Possibilities: Zack Martin OG/OT, Timmy Jernigan

17. Baltimore Ravens – Odell Beckham Jr (LSU) WR

Odell Beckham Jr

With 120 million dollars invested in Joe Flacco the Ravens need weapons around him. Last year they realized they really missed Boldin. They picked up Steve Smith in free agency but he will probably not be the number 1 receiver and is not the long term plan. Enter LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr. He is a versatile receiver who can play any of the outside spots and help in the return game.
Other Possibilities: Zack Martin OG/OT, CJ Mosely, LB

18. New York Jets – Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) CB
The Jets have loaded up on offensive talent during the offseason. Acquiring the likes of Chris Johnson, Eric Decker and Michael Vick should be nice additions. The Jets are at the point they just need to pick the best player available. One spot they need to fill is the vacancy left by the departure Antonio Cromartie. Rex Ryan generally likes to select defensive players in the earlier rounds. Kyle Fuller seems like the likely pick here for the Jets.
Other Possibilities: CJ Mosely LB, Bradley Roby CB, Marqise Lee WR

19. Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin (Notre Dame) OG\OT
The Miami Dolphins barely missed the playoffs last year. They spent a lot of money the previous year in free agency. They think they have their franchise quarterback and now they have to protect him. They lost two starters last year thanks to “BullyGate” so now they will look at the versatile Zack Martin from Notre Dame. The top guard in the draft and also can play a little tackle will be helpful for the Dolphins.
Other Possibilities: Ra’Shede Hageman DT, Xavier Su’a-Filo

20. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Carr (Fresno State) QB
The Cardinals actually have a solid team all the way around. The one thing they do need is a quarterback. Carson Palmer was solid last year but is not the future. Working with head coach Bruce Arians would be a good opportunity for the young Carr to develop and doesn’t have immediate pressure to start.
Other Possibilites: CJ Mosely LB, Kony Ealy DE

Written By
Keith B. Holt
Follow on Twitter @Kholtjr